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Old 07-27-2004, 09:52 PM   #1
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Smile VNC Server on Linux - Which Desktop?

So I have tight VNC running on my Mandrake Linux Box, but when I connect, it does not use my default X window manager (KDE) in the client.

Instead, it uses ICE WM, sometimes KDE, sometimes not. How do I control which Windows Manager it will use?

What is the configuration file called in tight VNC?

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Old 07-27-2004, 10:37 PM   #2
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I'm not sure, but I think that VNC uses your ~/.xinitrc file and starts an X server with only a pseudo-display, and then allows clients to view this display. So, then, your ~/.xinitrc should control what WM VNC starts.
Old 07-28-2004, 06:37 AM   #3
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on my system VNC uses ~/.vnc/xstartup for its config information

mine starts KDE every time with this


exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
startkde &


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